Flag

Q: French Bulldogs?

October 5, 2011 | By Ches21 | 2 answers | Expired: 1007 days ago

Ches21

I have heard that french bulldogs get stressed out and deppressed super easy is this true?

Readers' Answers (2)
Jillian
Flag

Oct 05, 2011

The French bulldog is a companion breed. They're heavily dependent on their owners, and many times owners of small breeds disregard their need for daily exercise {carrying them around in a purse, for instance}. Like all breeds, Frenchies need the affection of their humans and regular exercise. B/c small dogs are a trend, you may see stress and depression more commonly in them b/c their owners didn't take into account the needs of a dog. Instead of getting one as a companion, people may get them as an accessory.

B/c they're small, they can also suffer from small dog syndrome, which should be taken into account if you adopt one. A lot of this comes from being carried so often, but it's also in part of the dog's small size. All dogs need to experience new situations on their own, but small dogs already have the handicap of everything else being so much larger than them and therefore need a little more personal growth to overcome this.

Aside from being a small dog, I can't say if they're any more prone to stress or depression. They are more inclined to anesthetic depression, which would suggest, to me, that stress can be a problem with them. That's just a guess though. I'd think with proper socialization and a firm understanding that their owner is alpha that this wouldn't be an issue.

Thumbs Up: 1 | Thumbs up!

Kelly
Flag

Oct 05, 2011

I've never heard this. My old vet used to have a Frenchy that came with him to the clinic every day. Nothing ever stressed him out. They can be very sweet, affectionate, outgoing dogs. They're also fairly active and love to run and play. So if they didn't get enough time with their person or weren't exercised enough, I'm sure they could get depressed. They can be headstrong so they need strong, confident leadership. They can become dog aggressive if they're allowed to think they're the alpha. They can develop small dog syndrome, thinking they're the pack leader of the household, without proper training and confident leadership from their person. They're also prone to breathing problems, heat stroke, and joint disease and can be pretty high maintenance dogs in the health department. Like Jillian said, there are risks with anesthesia because of their brachycephalic syndrome, meaning they have a short muzzle. They also have more trouble breathing in hot weather.

Thumbs Up: 1 | Thumbs up!

You might also enjoy:

Got a question about your pet? Get the answers you need from Zootoo's community of pet experts and owners.

Advertisement

Advertisement